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THE DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE'S BALL
Transcript from The Times,
Saturday July 3, 1897, p. 12
"BALL AT DEVONSHIRE HOUSE"

Of all the private entertainments for which the Jubilee has provided the occasion, none is comparable with the magnificent fancy dress ball given last night at Devonshire House by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Amid all the public excitements of the last few weeks, when the world, one might have thought, has been sufficiently occupied with the procession, the two reviews, and the garden party, the inner circle of what is still called society has preserved in the background of its mind an anxious preoccupation - namely, how it was to appear at Devonshire-house, supposing it was fortunate enough to be asked. Never in our times has so much attention been paid to old family pictures, never have the masterpieces of portraiture in the National Gallery been so carefully studied, while for weeks past the Print-room at the British Museum, commonly given up to quiet students, has been invaded by smart ladies and gentlemen anxious to search the prints and drawings of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries for something in which they could obey the Duchess's summons to appear "in an allegorical or historical costume dated earlier than 1820". Never in our time have the costumiers been so busy, and the houses so well-known to everybody who has ever organized private theatricals, such as Messrs. John Simmons, of the Haymarket, Messrs Nathan, and Messrs Alias, have been driven districted with orders and counter-orders. As usual on such occasions, the gentlemen, it is said, have proved far more exacting than the ladies; for the stronger sex, when once it makes up its mind to desert the sobriety of plain broadcloth, knows no limit to its requirements or to its suddenly developed fastidiousness. But, whatever may have been the anxieties and the difficulties of the preparation, there can be no doubt as to the splendour and beauty of the result. It is 23 years since a ball of similar design and magnificence was given. We are referring to the famous ball at Marlborough House on July 22, 1874. Many of those who were present last night were present also at the earlier festivity, and those who were, or those who have read the full account that was published in "The Times" on the following day, will find it difficult to award the palm for Royal magnificence and good taste.

In one respect there was a considerable difference, for, whereas the Prince of Wales's ball had a number of distinct quadrilles - a Venetian quadrille, a Vandyck quadrille, and a pack of cards quadrille - the innovation of yesterday was the idea of different Courts headed by various well-known ladies and attended by their friends as Princes and courtiers. The Royal party itself fell in very readily with this idea, and attended in historical and mostly Royal costumes of the 16th century. There were four Courts strictly so-called, besides two groups which were separately arranged, but which are only to be called Courts by an extension of the term. The four were the Elizabethan Court, headed by Lady Tweedmouth as Queen Elizabeth with Sir Francis Jeune as Lord Chief Justice, Lord Arran a Cardinal, and Lord Rowton as Archibishop Farrer; the Louis XV and XVI. Court, with Lady Curzon as Queen Marie Leczinska and Lady Warwick as Marie Antoinette; the Court of Maria Theresa with Lady Londonderry as the Empress, Lord Lansdowne as Prince Kaunitz, and Lady Lansdowne as Lady Keith; and the Court of the Empress Catherine II of Russia, its Imperial centre being Lady Raincliffe. Of equal importance with these Courts were the group of Orientals and the Italian procession, the chief members of the former being the hostess herself, the Duchess of Devonshire as Zenobia, Lady de Grey as Lysistrate, and Lady Cynthia Graham as the Queen of Sheba; while the latter, which covered not only the great period of Italian art but the 17th century as well, was made illustrious both by the beauty of the dresses and by the great distinction of many of those who wore them. The following lists are not complete, but they contain many of the principal names in the Courts:


AUSTRIAN COURT OF MARIA THERESA QUADRILLE Lady Londonderry - Empress Maria Thersa
Lord Lansdowne - Prince Kaunitz
Lady Lansdowne - Lady Keith
Lord Winchester - A Coldstream Guard at Vienna
Lady B. Butler - Archduchess Marie-Karoline
Lord Castlereagh - Emperor Joseph II
Lady A. Hamilton - Archduchess Marie-Josepha
Mr Gathorne-Hardy - Archduke Leopold
Lady B. Fitzmaurice - Archduchess Marie-Anna
Lord Helmsley - Archduke Charles
Lady Helen Stewart - Archduchess Marie-Christine
Lord Lurgan - Duke Albert von Sachsentexhen
Lady Magheramorne - Maria Amelia, Princess of Lorraine
Lady Aline Beaumont - Queen of Sardinia
Lord Ava - Archduke Maximilian
Mr C. Willoughby - Grand Duke Charles of Tuscany
Mrs G. Beckett - Princess Eleonara of Lichtenstein
Count Clary - Count Nadasdy
Mrs R. Beckeet (sic) - Princess Isabella of Parma
Count Hadik - Hadik
Lady Cranborne - Princess Josepha of Bavaria
Mr M'Donnel - Duke Ferdinand of Modena
Lady H. Brodrick - Princess Marie Kunigunde of Saxony
Mr Menzies - Freiherr von Bartenstein
Mrs James - Archduchess Elizabeth
Lady C. Fitzmaurice - Secretary to Kaunitz
Lady Helmsley - Princess Charlotte of Lorraine
Lord Kerry - Count Mercy d'Argentau
Lady E. Cavendish - Count Trautmannsdorf
Mr Mildmay - Field-Marshal Count Charles of Battyany
Lady M. Cavendish - Countess Lutzau (a lady-in-waiting to Maria Theresa)
Lord Athlumney - Prince Metternich
Miss Stirling - Countess Kinsley
Mr Brodrick - Count Philip Kinsley

EMPRESS CATHERINE'S COURT TRUMPETERS OF THE IMPERIAL GUARD Lady Raincliffe - Empress Catherine II of Russia (after the picture by Lambi)
Mrs H.T. Barclay - Princess Shakofsky
Lord Henry Bentinck - Count Poneatowski (afterwards King of Poland)
Prince Henry of Pless - Count Orloff
Count Heeren - Duc de Ligne
Mr Cresswell - Count Lauskoi
Mr Biddulph - Count Soltykoff
Lord Raincliffe - Imperial Guard
Captain Cook
Hon. Gerald Ward
Mr J. Forbes
Lord Romilly
Mr H.T. Barclay
Hon. Cecil Campbell
Mr T.W. Wilson
Duchess of Marlborough - Ladies and Gentleman of the Court
Duchess of Newcastle
Countess of Yarborough
Lady Cardrop
Hon. M. Erskine
Lady Henry Bentinck
Lady Margaret Spicer
Lady Mildret Dennison
Duke of Marlborough
Earl of Yarborough
Lord Cardross
Mr Stourton
Mr Elliot
M. Botalzell
M. Gourke
Earl of Shrewsbury
- Black Attendants

QUEEN GUINEVERE AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE OF KING ARTHUR Lady Ormonde - Queen Guinevere
Lord Arthur Grosvenor - King Arthur
Lord Gerald Grosvenor - Sir Launcelot
Sir John Lister Kaye - Sir Kay
Captain G. Milner - Sir Percevale
Miss Edith Chaplin - Elaine
Lady Constance Butler - Lynette
Mr Eric Chaplin - Sir Gareth
Mr Tilney - Sir Galahad
Captain R. Peel - Sir Bedivere
Mr J.B. Leigh - Sir Tristram

ORIENTAL Lady Cynthia Graham - Queen of Sheba
Princess Pless - Queen of Sheba
Miss West )
Miss Goelet ) Suite of ladies
Lady C. Grosvenor )
Miss Oppenheim )
Hon. G. Keppel )
Wilfred Wilson ) Suite of men
Arthur Portman )
Gordon Wood )
Hon. A. Bourke
Lady Alicia Duncombe - Greek slave
Hon. Mrs. A. Bourke - Salambo
Mrs Arthur Paget - Cleopatra
Gerald Paget Paget - Marc Antony
Lady Randolph Churchill
Lady de Trafford
Lady Colebrooke
Hon. Mrs Maguire
Miss Muriel Wilson
Miss Keith Fraser
Lady Elcho
Mrs Hope-Vere

ITALIAN PROCESSION Lady Mar and Kellie - Beatrice
Lord Kenyon - Guido Cavalcanti
Lady St. Oswald - Duchessa di Caluria
Mr George Wyndham - Signor di Samare
Miss Blanche Forbes - Donna Lucrezia Arcella
Mr Schreiber - Duca d'Iripolda
Mrs Higgins - Donna Valeria Bodesa
Mr W. Grenfell - Signor di Argentina
Mrs Von Andre - Desdemona
Mr Murray Guthrie - Otello
Lady Alice Montagu - Laura
Lord Stavordale - Petrarch
Miss Enid Wilson - Giulietta
Lord Hyde - Romeo

VENETIANS:

Lord Latham - Il Doge (Giovanno de Medici)
Mr Hwfa Williams - Cardinale Giovanni Bembo
Mrs Hwfa Williams - Caterina Cornaro (Regina di Cipri)
Hon. Ivor Guest - Marco (Re di Cipri)
Lady Chelsea - Venditrice di Fiori
Mr Clarence Wilson - Buffone
Hon. Seymour Fortescue - Avocata
Hon. Sydney Greville - Cipriano
Mrs George Curzon - Marchesa Malaspina
Hon. George Peel - Lugi Giorgi
Mrs W. Grenfell - Contessa Maria Cicogna
Hon. Evan Charteris - Cavaliere Vittario
Lady Lettice Grosvenor - Bianca Capelli
Lord Alexander Thynne - Marino Grimani
Mrs Cavendish Bentinck - Grandezza degli Antenati
Hon. Cecil Brownlow - Nicolo Danabi
Mrs Guthrie - Marguerita Grimani
Mr Herbert Wilson - Antonio Briali

17th CENTURY Arthur Sassoon - La Dogaressa
Lord Peel - Il Doge
Duchess of Portland - Duchessa di Savoia
Duke of Portland - Duca Filiberto di Savoia
Lady Helen Vincent - Contessa Valentina Gateago
Sir Edgar Vincent - Il Conte Orayio
Mrs Gerard Leigh - Lucrezia de Rossi
Mr Higgins - Sarchio di Sedilla
Mrs Drummond - Donna Caranado
Mr Henry White - Giovanni Felici
Miss Mildred Grenfell - Bianca di Piacoma
Mr Morton - Guyman di Silva
Captain Fraser - Duca di Tarsis

VISITORS TO THE COURT OF SAVOIA: Lord Dunraven - Cardinal Mazzarin
Duchess of Manchester - Anne D'Autriche
Mr Jean Beraud - Cinq Mars

No great alterations had been made in the house itself for the entertainment, for, as is well known, the fine circular staircase and the great suit of rooms on the 1st floor have few rivals in London for any function of the kind. On this occasion the only changes made were that the Duke and Duchess had kindly consented to be banished from their own private rooms at either end of the building, which were thrown into the series of saloons; that the first room to the right was fitted with a dais for the Royal party, past which at a certain period the whole company filed; and that a large supper-tent had been erected in the garden, to which access was obtained by a temporary staircase from the house. In this tent were hung three fine old Louis XIV. tapestries representing Roman scenes; these were lent by Messrs. Duveen. Nothing could be more fanciful than the system of lighting this tent - a series of festoons of flowers from which at intervals there shone the electric light, the effect upon the gay dresses and the powdered heads of the fascinating groups below being marvellously gay and sparkling. But it may be said that the electric light and the people themselves were the only modern things there, for not a guest, not a musician, not a herald, not a servant, nay, not even any of the waiting-maids who helped the ladies in the cloak-room was permitted to appear in a dress later than the beginning of the century. The invitations were for half-past 10, and people came early, anxious to see the beginning, middle, and end of an entertainment so exceptional and so amusing. At the head of the staircase stood the Duke of Devonshire, in the dress of Charles V - the Hapsburgs and the Cavendishes are curiously alike in feature - and wearing a genuine collar and badge of the Golden Fleece, lent him by the Prince of Wales. With him was the Duchess, as Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, her dress a marvel of soft tissues and exquisite ornament, and her tiara a still greater marvel of the jeweller's art. The company filed past - Italians of the Renaissance; French Princes and Princesses of every age; Napoleons and Josephines (one or two of the latter very successful indeed); English beauties of the 18th century, among whom three young girls were noticeable as Reynold's "Three Ladies Waldegrave"; French marquises, with brocaded dresses and powdered hair; Orientals of times long gone by and of the other day; Cavaliers and Puritans - everything, in a word, that lent itself to fine dresses or historical retrospect. Many well-known men were arrayed in the dresses of their family, conspicuous among them being Sir William Harcourt as Lord Chancellor Harcourt, in a flowing dark wig in the Charles II manner. Lord Ribblesdale, after the Lawrence picture of his grandfather; and many more. Others took dresses in sympathy with their characters. Mr. Asquith was notable as a Roundhead, Sir Francis Jeune as Chief Justice Popham, the Lord Chancellor in a Georgian gentleman's dress, Sir Edward Poynter as Titian, Lord Arran as a cardinal, and Lord Rowton, to the amusement of his friends, as Archbishop Parker. It would, however, be impossible to name a tithe of the interesting and successful dresses, whether of men or women; let it suffice to say that the "Courts" were one and all triumphant displays, while such dresses as those of Lady Rothschild, after Holbein's Lady Vaux, of Messrs. Ferdinand and Alfred Rothschild, as an Austrian and French noble of the 16th century, were of extraordinary truth and beauty. About 11 the National Anthem announced the arrival of the Royal party, who were dressed, like the rest of the company, in character, and some of whose costumes we describe elsewhere. They took their seats on the dais, and immediately the "processions" began, each Court advancing in order, bowing, and passing on. This over, the quadrilles began - very stately and sumptuous, the Italian quadrille perhaps bearing the palm. Nothing more harmonious could well be imagined than these slow dances, walked through by magnificently dressed men and by women whose beauty and jewelled costumes set off one another with all the charm of something strange, exceptional, and unique. Waltzes followed, and a good many of the heroes and heroines were young enough and energetic enough to dance, in spite of unfamiliar cloaks and hats and dresses of strange forms. Then came lounging in the garden, which was a fairyland of lights; supper in the tent; and the morning hours were well advanced before the 700 guests had dispersed homewards, to awake to-day upon a world that must indeed seem commonplace in comparison with the jewelled page of romance upon which, for a moment, they gazed last night.

The following is a detailed account of some of the principal costumes: The Prince of Wales, as Grand Master of the Knights Hospitalier of Malta. (Elizabethan period.) Pourpoint of black Epingle velvet, richly embroidered steel and black jet tiny beads with passementerie of jet. Trunks formed of bands of black Epingle velvet embroidered steel over full bouillonne of steel gray silk. Mantle of black Sicilian silk with white Cross of Malta. Hauts de chausse, black silk sword belt of black velvet with steel mountings. Sword, black scabbard, steel belt with Cross of Malta in white enamel. High turreted top boots. Crispin gloves, hat and feathers with diamond Cross of Malta. Order, Riband of Order of Malta with jewelled Cross of Malta. Order of the Garter with pale blue riband round neck. Ruff.
The Duke of Connaught, as a Military Commander. (Elizabethan period.) Doublet of gray velvet, with slashed sleeves of same, the puffs of gray silk, beaded with steel cut beads. Trunks of gray velvet, with slashing of gray silk embroidered gold and studded with cabochons and steel. Mantle of gray velvet, with embroidered gold bands. Cuirasse of steel damascened with gorget and ruff attached. Trunk hose gray silk. High boots of gray leather turned back. Toque of black velvet, with gray puffs and gray feathers. Orders, Riband and Badge of the Garter. Crispin gloves of gray leather. Sword belt, gray velvet with steel mountings. Sword, black velvet scabbard, steel hilt and blade.
Prince Charles of Denmark - Gentleman of the Court of Denmark.
The Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as Duc Robert of Normandy, in coat of mail and casque.
Prince Christian as Earl of Lincoln (Elizabethan period). Black velvet costume lined with ermine; fawn satin tunic and trunks, the latter, as well as the sleeves, slashed with white satin. Black velvet cap, with white feathers fastened in with a jewelled ornament.
Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, as a Princess, Elizabethan period. Dress made of old turquoise and gold brocade. The front and all round skirt richly embroidered gold, bands of white satin pearled. The sleeves of blue brocade with creves of white crepe pearled and studded gold. Cherusque old lace, embroidered gold. Small pearl crown headdress. Ecran. Pearl necklace.
The Grand Duke Michael of Russia in a Henry IV. costume in black and gold, puffed with white satin and gold embroidered straps..The cape lined with white and trimmed with gold cord and tassels. .White ruff. Black hat ornamented with gold braid; and blue silkband with Order.
The Duke of Teck as Capitaine de la Garde du Roi (1660). White cloth tunic, with blue revers trimmed with silver. White waistcoat to correspond. Cloth breeches, high boots, and powdered peruke.
The Duchess of Teck as Princess Sophia, wife of the Elector of Luneburg and Hanover. Orange-coloured velours miroir, the full skirt attached with two rows of large pearls holding the folds onto the bodice. The skirt trimmed with ermine, the decollete bodice having large revers of ermine and a collarette of diamonds and pearls, from which hung on one side a lace cape attached to the hair. The costume was copied from a miniature at Hampton Court.
Prince Alexander of Teck as a Dragoon Guard of the Blenheim period, carried out in blue.
Prince Francis of Teck, the same in red.
Princess Victor of Hohenlohe-Lungenburg, in Louis Quinze costume.
Countess Helena Gleichen as Joan of Arc, in a suit of armour.
Princess Henry of Pless as the Queen of Sheba. A costume of gold and purple gauze, the short-waisted bodice encrusted with immense turquoises set round with diamonds and other precious stones; the skirt and draperies of gold gauze embroidered to correspond, and the long gold girdle encrusted and fringed with jewels. Bird of paradise and crown. Four niggers held her train.
The Duchess of Connaught, as Ann of Austria. Robe of old cisele velvet, havana colour, the turnback of skirt of rose colour silk velvet embroidered silver. Panel of havana colour silk velvet embroidered silver. Front of dress of white satin with embroidery of gold fleur-de-lys and beautiful bordered collar and cuffs of old guipare lace with seme of pearls. Very simple headdress. Bandeau, pearl and gold and plume Ecran of feathers in hand. Handsome jewelled necklace and earrings.
The Duke of York, as George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland. Pourpoint and sleeves of Genoa velvet cisele, with small basques, embroidered gold all over with bands of embroidery in front of pourpoint and side seams of sleeves certis of jewels. Trunks of bands of crimson velvet embroidered gold covering bouillonne of gray satin. Gorget of steel damasquine gold with ruff round. High felt hat, with brim turned up and three gray feathers, cordeliere glove fixed in front of hat, which this commander always wore and which was given him by Queen Elizabeth. Hauts de chausse gray silk. High boots gray suede. Crispin gloves. Mantle of Genoa velvet cisele, embroidered with band all round, embroidered and studded with jewels. Sword belt of gray velvet with gold mounts. Gold hilted sword, gray velvet scabbard. Riband of the Garter round neck with Order.
The Duchess of York as Marguerite de Valois. Pale blue satin, embroidered all over in pearls and silver, with seven large diamond stars down the front of the skirt; the satin bodice embroidered in bows and knots in diamonds on the stomacher, and the top ornamented with large pendant pearls. Medici collar of old lace embroidered with silver; sleeves to match, and deep cuffs encrusted with pearls and diamonds; and round the waist a silver fringe studded with diamonds.
The Duke of Devonshire, as Charles V of Germany, after the picture by Titian. Surcoat black velvet lined satin, sleeves puffed large at shoulders. The surcoat turned back in front with black fur and ending in fur cape scolloped, black beaded embroidered pattern on end of surcoat. Doublet black Genoa velvet embroidered tiny jet clack beads, slightly open on chest, showing white shirt. Black silk trunks slashed with white satin. Hose black silk high above the knee. Black velvet shoes. Toque black velvet with feather. Black Chain and Order of the Golden Fleece round neck. Sword belt, black leather and silver fastenings. Sword, scabbard black leather, oxydized hilt.
The Duchess of Devonshire, as Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, wore a magnificent costume. The skirt of gold tissue was embroidered all over in a star-like design in emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, and other jewels outlined with gold, the corners where it opened in front being elaborately wrought in the same jewels and gold to represent peacocks outspread tails. This opened to show an underdress of cream crepe de chine, delicately embroidered in silver, gold, and pearls and sprinkled all over with diamonds. The train, which was attached to the shoulders by two slender points and was fastened at the waist with a large diamond ornament, was a green velvet of a lovely shade, and was superbly embroidered in Oriental designs introducing the lotus flower in rubies, sapphires, amethysts, emeralds, and diamonds, with four borderings on contrasting grounds, separated with gold cord. The trains was lined with turquoise satin. The bodice was composed of gold tissue to match the skirt, and the front was of crepe de chine hidden with a stomacher of real diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Jewelled belt. A gold crown incrusted with emeralds, diamonds, and rubies, with a diamond drop at each curved end and two upstandinh white ostrich feathers in the middle, and round the front festoons of pearls with a large pearshaped pearl in the centre falling on the forehead.
The Duke of Portland as Duc di Savoia. The Duchess of Portland as Duchessa di Savoia. Silver brocade embroidered with pearls and diamonds, train of cloth of silver lined with pale blue satin and embroidered with pearls, tiara of sapphires, diamonds, and pearls, and pearl necklace. The Duchess was accompanied by Miss Mildred Grenfell as Bianca di Piacoma, whose skirt was of a white satin embroidered with pearls, and train of green brocaded silk.
The Earl of Rosebery as Horace Walpole. Coat, George III. period. Dark green velvet with large turn back cuffs of sage green silk. The button holes and cuffs delicately embroidered with silver. Star of the Order of the Garter worn on left breast. Long vest, sage green, embroidered with dark green flowers edged with silver. Breeches, dark green velvet. Hose, delicate sage gray hose coming high up and turned over in a roll. Order of the Garter worn on left knee, blue moire riband of the Garter worn over the right shoulder. Sword belt and frog, blue velvet, embroidered with silver, worn underneath vest. Court sword, black velvet and gold hilted. Hair, powdered and queued with large black silk bow and riband coming round the neck and hanging in front on breast and tied. Real lace jabot and frilled cuffs. Black high heeled shoes, scarlet heels, and silver buckles.
Earl of Latham, as the Doge of Venice. Gold brocade gown and State robe embroidered with gold. Large ermine tippet. White cloth skull cap, and worn over that a gold cloth cap horned at back and embroidered with gold and jewels. Gold and jewelled waist belt. Cloth of gold shoes.
Countess Cadogan as Queen of Bohemia. A black velvet gown, the full skirt showing a panel of white satin studded with pearls and diamonds (worked at Viscountess Duncannan's school) the bodice plain, with large puffed sleeves and ruffles of lace. A large Vandyked lace collar, two rows of pearls encircling the waist. The collar and sleeves outlined with pearls; other rows festooned across the bodice. Ornaments, pearl necklace and bracelets and pearls and diamonds in the hair.
The Countess of Dudley as Queen Esther. Persian dress of white crepe thickly embroidered in red dull gold. The skirt bordered with three lines of green embroidery studded with amethysts, turquoises, and pearls. A chasuvble of solid gold tissue encrusted with jewels fell from the shoulders to the hem of the skirt. Armlets and bracelets of dead gold set with the same jewels. Head-dress, two veils, the under one white embroidered with gold, and the upper one purple, embroidered. Crown of dead gold, encrusted with precious stones, and hanging on the forehead were 15 large drop pearls. Fan of peacock feathers, the handle set with jewels, and necklace of 12 rows of pearls.
The Countess of Derby as Duchess of Orleans. Rich blue silk stamped with purple velvet and trimmed with antique lace, edged with gold. Front and vest of gold and white brocade, the former showing bands of gold embroidery laid on horizontally. Train of brocaded velvet to match the bodice, draped down on side with pink satin, and held down here and there with diamond ornaments, coronet-shaped cap of lace sprinkled with diamonds and lappets.
The Marchioness of Londonderry as the Empress Marie Therese. Gown of rich cream satin, copied from a picture in South Kensington Museum, beautifully embroidered in shades of gold and pearls. Stomacher of diamonds with ropes of pearls festooned on each side and diamond brooches all along the top. Train of rich cream acanthus leaf brocade, fastened on the left shoulder with a huge diamond buckle caught at the waist with another. Necklace of pear-shaped pearls, with another diamond necklace above, and a crown studded with jewels.
Lady Helen Stewart, Lady Beatrix Fitzmaurice, Lady Beatrice Butler, Lady Alexandra Hamilton and Miss Stirling as Archduchesses in Waiting on Marie Therese were dressed alike in stiff silver tissue, veiled with white lisse and half hoops of old-fashioned blue satin riband; large flounces of white lisse, and quaint sleeves, with frills and bows of blue riband.
Mr A.J. Balfour - Duch costume of 1660, black broche tunic embroidered with jet, full breeches, black silk cloak and large hat of the period.
Mr Joseph Chamberlain - Louis Seize costume in two shades of rose-coloured corded silk.
The Right Hon. H.H. Asquith, as a Roundhead. Light brown cloth jerkin with dark brown cloth sleeves and buttoned up the front. Breeches, dark brown cloth, baggy, buttoned up the side. Boots, heavy cavalier riding boots buff, coming up above the knee. Steel spurs. Large black beaver hat, narrow crowned and broad brim, scarlet feather curling over left side. Buff leathern sword belt worn over right shoulder, steel buckles. Heavy steel hilted sword. Black leather scabbard, Roundhead collar and cuffs. Walking stick.
Lady Harcourt as a lady of the Court of Henrietta Maria - maize brocade, slashed with white, over a white quilted petticoat.
Viscount Peel as a Doge - robe of crimson velvet, with ermine cape and horned cap.
The Duchess of Sutherland as Charlotte Corday - a soft clinging gown of red crepe-de-chine, with long sleeves to the waiste, finely tucked white fichu fastened with roses, and muslin cap frilled with point d'Alencon, and having a red, white, and blue rosette.
The Duchess of Westminster as Queen Elizabeth of Bavaria - white satin gown with tabbed bodice delicately embroidered in silver, collar of beautiful old lace very high at the back, slashed sleeves of satin, silver embroidery, and chiffon divided into puffs with blue.
The Countess of Warwick as Marie Antoinette - bodice and aniers of pink and gold flowered brocade and gold lace studded with silver sequins and diamonds, the square-cut neck trimmed with old lace, and the chiffon sleeves divided into small puffs with gold lace sparkling with jewels; diamond rivieres were festooned across the front of the bodice. The petticoat was of white satin draped with chiffon scarves edged with gold and sequin lace. The regal train of turquoise velvet was lined with the same and enbroidered all over at equal distance with raised gold fleur-de-lis, and fastened on each of the shoulders with gold cord.
The Marchioness of Zetland as Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, after Van Dyck, in black and silver.
The Marchioness of Lansdowne as a lady of the Court of Marie Therese - a white brocaded sacque, elaborately embroidered in gold, and under-dress worked in coloured silk and gold.
The Marquis of Lansdowne as Count Kaunitz, Minister to the Empress Marie Therese, in a uniform of black velvet, elaborately embroidered in gold, with orders, &c.
The Duke of Fife appeared as a courtier, late Elizabethan period; the Duchess of Roxburghe in an Elizabethan costume;
the Duchess of Buccleuch as Elizabeth, Duchess of Buccleuch, after Sir Joshua Reynolds;
the Duke of Somerset as the Protector Somerset; the Duke of Alva as his ancestor at the Court of Philip II of Spain, copied from an old picture;
the Duke of Buccleuch as William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle (1676) after a painting by Samuel Cooper; the Duke of Manchester in Georgian Costume;
the Earl of Dudley as Prince Rupert;
Earl Connington in a Louis Seize costume of terra-cotta satin embroidered in gold; the Earl of Selborne in an infantry uniform of the early 16th century;
the Earl of Durham as the Duc de Nemours;
Lord Iveagh as a cavalier, Louis XIII. period;
Lord Charles Montagu as Charles I. after the picture by Van Dyck;
Lord Burton as Cardinal Dubois;
the Right Hon. H. Chaplin, M.P., as General Lefebvre, First Empire;
the Earl of Crewe as Philip II;
Earl Spencer as a noble of the time of Francois II.;
and the Duchess of Hamilton as Mary of Hamilton, Elizabethan period.

The following is a list of the guests, exclusive of the Royal personages present: General and Mrs. Talbot
Lord and Lady Cranborne
Mr. and Mrs. G. Keppel
Lady M. Fox-Strangeways
Mr. and Lady E. Dugdale
The Earl and Countess of Kintore
Mr. Jarvis
The Earl and Countess of Dunraven
Prince Victor Duleep Singh
Mr. and Mrs. Brett
Mr. and Lady Rose Leigh
Mr. and Mrs. A. Sassoon
Mr. Meyer Watson
Sir M. and Lady FitzGerald
The Earl and Countess of Enniskillen
Prince Victor of Hohenlohe and daughter
Lord and Lady Hillingdon and Miss Mills
Sir Ralph Blois
The Duke and Duchess of Montrose
The Duchess of Buckingham and Lord Egerton of Tatton and Lady Gore-Langton
Colonel and Mrs. Talbot
Lord and Lady Cardress and Miss Erskine
Mr. and Mrs. Almeric FitzRoy
Lord and Lady Bingham
Mr Arnold Morley
The Marchioness of Hastings and Miss Chetwynd
Mr. and Mrs. Walker
Lord Basil Blackwood
The Duke of Roxburghe
Lily, Duchess of Marlborough and Lord William Beresford
Mr. an Mrs. Alfred Lyttelton
Mr. Clarence Wilson
Captain W. Lambton
Marquis Paulac Montagliari
Captain and Mrs Philip Green
Count and Countess Clary and Count Kinsky
The Marquis and Marchioness de Jancourt
The Duchess of Hamilton
Mr. R. and Miss Sassoon
Mr. S. M'Donnell
Lord and Lady Powis
Captain and Mrs. Gerald Leigh
Lord and Lady Southampton
Mr. and Mrs. L. Rothschild
The Hon. Claude and Mrs. Hay
The Duke and Duchess of Newcastle
Sir George Arthur
The Spanish Ambassador and Countess de Casa Valencia
Mr. Somerset Hughes-Onslow
Lord and Lady Belper and Miss Strutt
The Marquis and Marchioness of Londonderry
The Duke and Duchess of Marlborough
Lord and Lady Ribblesdale
Lord and Lady Selborne
Sir W. and Lady Emily Hart Dyke
The Earl of Ellesmere and Lady Mabel Egerton
The Marquis of Tallibardine
Sir Francis and Lady Jeune and Miss Stanley
Mr. and Mrs. William Portal
Mr. B. Bathurst
Lady Mary Lygon
Mr. Grosvenor
Mr. Rose
Sir Edward Poynter
Lord Balcarres
Mr. and Mrs. A. Bourke
Mr. W. Wilson
Mr. H. Wilson
Lady Minto
Countess of Kilmorey
Lord and Lady Henry Cavendish-Bentinck and Lady Ottoline Cavendish-Bentinck
Lord and Lady Wolseley and Miss Wolseley
The Earl of Scarbrough
The Duke and Duchess of Somerset
The Hon. Harriet Phipps
Lord and Lady Suffolk
Mr. Arthur B. Portman
Viscount and Miss Peel
The Duke and Duchess of Westminster
Lord and Lady Suffield and Miss Harbord
Lord Arran
Mr. and Mrs. Barclay
Mr. Grey Duberlay
Mr. and Lady Violet Brassey
The Earl of Ronaldshay
Captain Hugh and Miss Frazer
Lord George Scott
Lord George Stewart-Murray
Lord and Lady Harewood
Mr. and Lady Clementine Walsh
Major Vesey Dawson
Captain and Lady Maud Warrender
Lord and Lady Carnarvon
The Countess of Leicester
The Lord Chancellor and Lady Halsbury
Mr. and Mrs. Maguire
Mr. and Lady Hilda Broderick
Captain Holford
Mr. and Mrs. Bourke
Mr. and Mrs. A. Grosvenor
Mr. and Mrs. and Miss Hay
Lord and Lady Glenesk
Mrs. and Miss Openheim
Lord and Lady J. Blackwood
Mr. and Mrs. and Miss Goelet
Lord Kenyon
Lord and Lady Milton
Sir John and Lady Lister Kaye
The Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and the Ladies Scot
Lord and Lady Herschell
The Brazilian Minister
Mr. and Mrs. Curzon
Mr. and Mrs. R. Spencer
Mr. A. Beit
Mr. and Mrs Higgins
The Duke and Duchess of Leeds
The Marquis and Marchioness of Zetland
Sir H. and Lady Meysey Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. and Miss Chamberlain
Lord and Lady Ampthill
Colonel and Mrs. Chaine
Lord and Lady Yarborough
Sir A. and Lady Edmonstone
Lady Howe
Sir C. and Lady Hartopp
Mr. and Lady A. Forbes
Mr. Lu Rack
Mr. and Miss Balfour
Mr. and Lady Doreen Long
Mr. and Mrs. G. Beckett
Mr. and Mrs. R. Beckett
Mr. and Mrs. A. James
Lord and Lady Leconfield
Sir W. and Lady Harcourt
Lord and Lady Lurgan
Sir M. and Lady Lucy Hicks-Beach
Mr. C. Sykes
Lady Georgiana Dudley
Lord and Lady Landsdowne
Mrs. Adair
Lord and Lady Rodney
Lord and Lady Burton
Lord and Lady Falmouth
Mr. and Lady M. Greville
Mr. and Lady A. Beaumont
Viscountess Helmsley
Lord and Lady Battersea
Lord and Lady Latham
Lord and Lady Essex
Baron and Baroness Brienen
Sir R. and Lady C. Graham
Lady Cromer
Mr. Cassell
Lady Ormonde and Lady Beatrice Butler
The Earl of Euston
Lord and Lady Dalkeith
Mr. and Mrs. Farquharson
Mrs. Owen Williams
Mr. and Lady F. Duncombe
Mr. Ludwig Neunmann
Lord and Lady R. Cecil
Sir Allen Young
The Earl of Kerry
Lord and Lady Granby
Lord and Lady Magheramorne
Mr. Tadeschi
Lord and Lady Feversham
The Speaker and Mrs. and Miss Gully
Lord James of Hereford and Miss James
Lord and Lady Iveagh
Mr. and Mrs. Hamar Bass
Lord and Lady Burghclere
Sir Bartle Frere
Lord and Lady A. Compton
Mr. Guthrie
Lord and Lady Pembroke
Lord and Lady Hindlip
Lord and Lady Jersey and Lady M. Villiers
the Earl of Ava
Sir H. and Lady Ewart
Mr. and Mrs Bischoffsheim
Lord and Lady Hastings
Mr. and Mrs. and Miss Goschen
Mr. and Mrs. Anstruther
Lady Ampthill and Miss Russell
Lord and Lady Rosslyn
Colonel Swaine
The Duchess of Roxburghe and Ladies Innes-Ker
Sir H. Irving
Mr. and Mrs. C. and Miss Muriel Wilson
Lord and Lady E. Cecil
Captain and Lady M. Spicer
Mr. Spencer Lyttelton
The Marquis and Marchioness of Tweeddale
The Hon. G. Hood, and
Lord and Lady Westmorland